When it comes to Lionel Messi one could apologize for the fact that there are no more records to be broken but great Barcelona set a great one – and it was one he almost completely missed out on.
Messi scored his 644th goal for Barca with his 65th-minute goal against Real Valladolid on December 22, breaking a long-standing record set almost half a century ago by none other than the great Pele. Amazingly, Messi has scored more goals for a single club than any other player in football history.
The 33-year-old Messi hit the historic landmark a few months after trying to leave Barcelona this summer, only to announce a week later that he will stay and stick to the final season of his contract.
The record is a new highlight in his dizzying collection of records: He is the top scorer in the league (451); the player with the most hat tricks in the top Spanish league (35); the man who has scored the most goals (91) for club and country in a calendar year; the only player to ever score more than 50 goals or more in nine different seasons; the winner of most Ballon d & # 39; Ors of all time (six).
Here's a look at the other top scorer titans in the game who, along with Messi, are among the top 10 scorers of all time for a club according to FIFA.
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Besides Messi, Ronaldo is the only other active player in the top 10 thanks to the incredible number of goals he has scored for Real Madrid. This is despite the fact that the Portuguese captain has only spent a relatively short nine seasons at the Bernabeu compared to the 17 Messi has had at Barca. After scoring a total of 35 goals in his debut season for Los Blancos (2009-10), Ronaldo never fell under 40 in a campaign and peaked at 55 goals in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
With his move to Juventus in 2018, the 35-year-old Ronaldo is unlikely to win much against Messi in individual club appearances – unless there is a shock return to the Bernabeu before ending his famous career. Which, since he has said in the past that he can watch himself play until he is 40, is not entirely out of the question.
9.Eusebio (473 goals in 440 games for Benfica)
Not many clubs value a player as much as Benfica when it comes to the late Eusebio, one of the greats to ever play the game. The center forward was instrumental in the glory years of the Portuguese team. He spent 15 seasons at the Estadio da Luz between 1960 and 1975, winning the championship eleven times and winning the European Cup against Real Madrid in 1962. At that time, Eusebio won the European Golden Shoe twice as the continent's top scorer. The first time the award was presented was in 1968.
8. Uwe Seeler (507 goals in 587 games for Hamburg)
Seeler, one of the true German greats and a one-club man, spent his entire 18-year career in Hamburg after passing through the youth ranks. His first-team debut at the age of 18, in which he scored four goals in an 8-2 win over Holstein Kiel in 1954, set the stage for what was to come. While the first 10 years of his career preceded the founding of the Bundesliga, Seeler is still one of the top 20 goal scorers of all time after 137 starts in 239 games after the league was founded in 1963.
7.Jimmy Jones (517 goals in 419 games for Glenavon)
A goal by Jimmy Jones and an own goal were enough to make the club the first provincial club to complete the league and cup double. ????⚽️ # OTD # OnThisDay # MourneviewMemories # BeJustAndFearNot
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In eleven seasons at Glenavon, Northern Ireland, Jones set the record for the most goals scored in a single competitive season. He scored a phenomenal 74 goals during the Lurgan Blues championship of the Irish League 1956-57 – a record that continues to this day. Messi almost reached Jones in the 2011/12 season but unfortunately the Barcelona star scored 73 goals in his name shortly after the end of the season.
6. Jimmy McGrory (522 goals in 501 games for Celtic)
McGrory spent 15 years as a player at Celtic between 1922 and 1937 before returning to head the Scottish club after World War II, where he remained for nearly two decades. Still famous and fearsome for his skill in the air, McGrory, peaked in 152 games over five seasons between 1925 and 1930 with 143 league and cup goals. However, this sparked interest from Arsenal McGrory, who then made a world record £ 10,000 transfer offer of £ 10,000, declined and stayed in Glasgow.
5. Josef Bican (534 goals in 274 games for Slavia Prague)
⭐ Josef Bican was born 107 years ago!
Bican played for Slavia between 1937 and 1948 and returned to Red and White for another four years in 1953. In total, he scored almost 1,500 goals in his match days! #slaviaprague pic.twitter.com/BykdodVpY9
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In addition to being one of the greatest goalscorers to have ever played the game, Bican is one of a very small group of footballers who have played international football in three different countries after the Vienna-born striker made international appearances for Austria and Czechoslovakia won and Bohemia & Moravia. Unsurprisingly, the player known as "Pepi" is Slavia's all-time scorer, having scored an honestly ridiculous average of 1.95 goals per game and seven goals in one in his eight seasons with the Czech team Game on three separate occasions.
4. Fernando Peyroteo (544 goals in 334 games for Sporting Lisbon)
Peyroteo spent his entire career with Sporting, joining them as a teenager in 1937 and leaving in 1949 when he retired from the sport at the age of 31. The strong striker ended each of his 12 seasons at Sporting with more goals than appearances. In the last three years of his tenure with the Portuguese giants, he has scored more than 40 goals twice in a single season. No wonder the club still calls him "un maquina de hacer goles" – a goal machine.
3. Gerd Müller (564 goals in 605 games for Bayern Munich)
Originally he said he looked too much of a "weightlifter" to play professional football, and German legend Müller made a habit of confusing naysayers by scoring 735 goals for the club during his 1963-1981 career and land scored. Müller averaged at least one goal per game in most of the 14 seasons he spent at Bayern, and in 1972 set the record for most goals in a calendar year (85), a record 40 years before he did The break-in was in 2012 by (surprise, surprise) Lionel Messi.
2.Pele (643 goals in 659 games for Santos)
The legendary Brazilian striker first signed for Santos in 1956 at the age of 15 and stayed with the Alvinegro until 1974. During his 19-year stint, he averaged almost one goal per game. During that time, he was also the first (and only) player to win three world championships. At the age of 16 Pele had already ended the season as the top scorer in the Brazilian championship and the goals kept coming. O Rei eventually left Santos to sign for New York Cosmos at the age of 33, the same age as Messi is now.
1. Lionel Messi (643 goals in 748 games for Barcelona) (AFTER MATCH ON DEC. 19)
The 2020-21 season marks Messi's 17th senior campaign at Camp Nou since making his senior first team debut under Pep Guardiola all those years ago. The first goal came on May 1, 2005, when the long-haired Argentine teenager came off the bench in the 88th minute to score in Barca's 2-0 win over Albacete. Messi opened his account with a noble lob over the goalkeeper from close range after Ronaldinho scooped the ball over the defense for his young protégé just moments after the two teamed up for a very similar goal that was ruled out for offside. Since then he has grown stronger and stronger, scoring goals in the Champions League, scoring hat tricks in Clasicos, regularly surpassing the 50-goal mark in one season and the gall to make it look easy.